Japanese GP: Aggro Lewis?

You will either agree or be outraged. Lewis Hamilton walked into the paddock this morning to be greeted by the news that Robert Kubica had been slagging him off for dangerous driving. Or, at least, that was the interpretation adopted by a couple of British national newspapers.

Had the journalists in question actually spoken to Kubica? Er, no. Kubica’s quotes had been taken from an interview in a German publication.

Kubica had been talking about Hamilton’s driving at Monza, particularly the moment when he forced Timo Glock onto the grass as the McLaren driver attempted to come through from 15th on the grid.

Right enough, it was what might best be described as a ‘forceful’ piece of driving. But the context of the quote was not made clear, mainly because the British writers did not know.

It could have been an idle comment at the end of an interview about Fernando Alonso going to BMW (as was mooted until Kubica and Nick Heidfeld were re-signed) and led to discussion about Alonso’s relationship with Hamilton.

Or it could have been a rant by the Pole, although on the evidence of interviews done with Robert, I’d say that is not his style.

Naturally, the British writers had gone to Hamilton, not to stir things up (it says here), but to get his response. Hamilton said Kubica was entitled to his opinion but he, Hamilton, would do his talking on the track and that, in his view, he was not over-aggressive.

Reaction in the paddock has been split, as it was when David Croft and I covered morning practice on BBC Radio 5 Live. It may have been 3am in the UK but we received more than 40 text messages, most of them on the subject of Hamilton.

Some felt being aggressive should be in the make-up of any champion. Others said he was arrogant and cocky and needed taking down a peg or two.

Either way, I’m not sure this is the sort of conversation we should be having at such an interesting and crucial stage of the championship.

Hamilton did indeed do his talking on the track today by taking what Ron Dennis considers to be the best pole position of his career. A slight exaggeration, perhaps. But better than the hype generated by journalists looking for a story on Friday when not a lot had happened on the track.

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Both Hamilton and Massa looked very ragged,overly aggressive and not impressive at all-the pressure is really starting to show(btw well done to a brilliant Alonso showing them how it’s done!).I think Hamilton will win the championship but I don’t think he’s anything special and his attitude sucks(same goes for Massa minus the attitude bit)but i’d absolutely love it if Robert could do a ‘Kimi’ and steal the championship from under their noses-nearly impossible in his inferior car,I know,but here’s hopeing!!!BTW Surely Bourdais is the unluckiest rookie in F1 and I really don’t understand how he was penalised for his scuffle with Massa…oh well,roll on next weekend!!

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As I watched the start I thought Hamilton wouldget punished but the more I watched replays it made less sense. It appears it more Kovelinien following Hamilton that shoves Kimi off the road, Hamiltons already clear off into the run off. And besides it’s the first corner, the one part of F1 still free of the nanny-state coming into the sport where all the field are trying to overtake and several cars were forced wide, so shouldn’t a large part of the field also been given drive thrus?

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Is it because Lewis Hamilton is Black or have the Stewards got a big bet on Ferrari this year,or maybe Ferrari pay for better blow jobs, you just know every decision that involves Hamilton will be negative and they will go easy on Ferrari.
Bourdais issue was a clever way for them to give Massa another point.

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hahahaha!! oh so true, nick. well said.

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come on .. this is what makes F1 racing. The excitement. The risk. What’s the point of watching cars go round and round of there wasn’t the chance that one of them might be pushed off by a better driver? Leave Lewis alone.

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i don’t think any of the incidents deserved punishment. this is racing and sh*t happens, so the stewards keep their noses out before they ruin the sport.

congrats to alonso and kubica well deserved result for both them.

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Hamilton certainly did do his talking on the track and what he said was loud and clear ‘I can’t take pressure, I can’t drive conservatively, I have not learned from last year and I am going to bollocks it up again’ . He is arrogant and cocky and for what? He has not proved himself as anything other than the most over rated driver in formula 1.

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